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June 2015


Seeking New BLRPC Executive Director

 

Richard Heath has moved on, and we thank him for his service.  He excelled at his job and has made valuable contributions during his time with the Commission.  We are now accepting applications for a new Executive Director. The position posting and guidelines for applying are available here.

 

Wisconsin Bikeways Project

 

The Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation and the Wisconsin Bike Fed have partnered to work on a statewide Bikeways Project to identify, create, and promote a network of mapped bikeways in the state. A bikeway is a road, street or path that is specifically designated for bicycle travel or may be shared with other modes of transportation or recreation.

The Bikeways Project will evaluate existing roadway and trail systems to identify priority bikeway routes across Wisconsin that will connect into the U.S. Bike Route System, a network of long-distance bicycle routes across the country linking urban, suburban and rural areas through a variety of bicycling facilities. Route selection methodologies include factors such as roadway or trail conditions, available services (food, lodging, bike shops, etc.), directness and grade (steepness).

A Wisconsin Bikeways Project Wikimap will be available through June 2015. The Wikimap is an online interactive mapping tool that allows users to draw routes and points on a map and add comments about their entries. The tool will allow users to highlight good routes for bicycling in Wisconsin, routes that need improvement, barriers to bicycling, and bicycling destinations

For more information, check out the DNR website
 

Green Infrastructure Codes & Ordinances Workshop

 

There will be a training opportunity on June 18, 2015 to review codes and ordinances that inhibit the use of green infrastructure in northeast Wisconsin. 

The workshop will highlight common barriers to implementing green infrastructure, code and ordinance review and development, and lessons learned. 

 

Green infrastructure (GI) is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle. GI is a proven and effective means to improve water quality, habitat and flooding by reducing stormwater pollution and volume, but there remain critical barriers to its implementation.

 

Municipal codes and ordinances have a broad impact, as they govern and can incentivize or deter GI implementation by both the private and public sectors. Updating these local codes, ordinances and review processes can encourage municipalities, builders and developers, as well as property owners, to implement GI practices.

 

For additional information on the workshop or to register, click here 

 

Pavement Rating Assistance

 

Wisconsin State Statute 86.302(2) requires each municipality and county to submit surface condition ratings for all local roads under their jurisdiction to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) every two years. The next submissions to WisDOT are due by December of this year.

Just as was done in 2013, Commission staff will be providing assistance to communities to meet the pavement rating requirement. A majority of these services will be free of charge to Commission members, while non-member communities will be charged time and materials. If your community would like the use the services of the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission for pavement rating assistance, please contact Brandon Robinson.

 

Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Activities


Following a 30-day public review period and public hearing, the Year 2045 Sheboygan Area Transportation Plan (SATP) has been adopted. The public hearing on the plan was held on May 19. The Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees recommended approval of the plan at their May 28 joint meeting. The Commission approved the plan at a meeting of its Executive Committee on May 29. Final plan production will take place in June, with delivery of final plan documents and posting of the final plan to the Commission website taking place by the end of June. 
 

 

The Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees elected officers (Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for each committee) at their joint meeting on May 28.


Upcoming items in the MPO program will include potential funding of projects with Surface Transportation Program (STP) Urban funds in the 2015 - 2020 cycle, as well as processing of a mid-year package of amendments to the Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Calendar Years 2015 - 2018


Please contact Jeff Agee-Aguayo for additional information.

 

Available Grant Opportunities
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The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission  if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project.  
BayCare Clinic Foundation Grants
Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grants Cedar Tree Foundation Grants
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation Environmental Grants Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants
Costco Wholesale Grants
EcoTech Grants - The Captain Planet Foundation
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Grants Gannett Foundation Grants
ING Foundation Grants
International Paper Grants Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant
Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants Kodak American Greenways Grants
MeadWestvaco Foundation Grants
Meetings Mean Business! Grant Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Grants
MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund Patagonia Environmental Grants
RGK Foundation Education Fund
US Soccer Foundation Grant
Waste Management Charitable Giving
Wisconsin Humanities Council Grant
 
To submit information for consideration in future newsletters, send an email to apierce@baylakerpc.org. Include your name, community/organization, and contact information in the body of the message.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Seeking New BLRPC Executive Director
Wisconsin Bikeways Project
Green Infrastructure Codes & Ordinances Workshop
Pavement Rating Assistance
Sheboygan MPO Activities
Available Grants
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ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

June 12, 10AM

Full Committee Meeting, Art Garage, Green Bay

June 17, 9AM

STAFF CONTACTS

Vacant 

Executive Director

 

Jeff Agee-Aguayo

Transportation

Planner

 

Richard Malone 

Office Accounts

Coordinator 

 

Angela Pierce 

Natural Resources

 Planner

 

Brandon Robinson 

Community Assistance

Planner

 

Joshua Schedler

GIS Coordinator

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